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Latinos have become the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. While the presence of Latinos and Latinas in mainstream news and in popular culture in the United States buttresses the much-heralded Latin Explosion, the images themselves are often contradictory.
In Latino/a Popular Culture, Habell-Pallán and Romero have brought together scholars from the humanities and social sciences to analyze representations of Latinidad in a diversity of genres - media, culture, music, film, theatre, art, and sports - that are emerging across the nation in relation to Chicanas, Chicanos, mestizos, Puerto Ricans, Caribbeans, Central Americans and South Americans, and Latinos in Canada.
Contributors include Adrian Burgos, Jr., Luz Calvo, Arlene Dávila, Melissa A. Fitch, Michelle Habell-Pallán, Tanya Katerí Hernández, Josh Kun, Frances Negron-Muntaner, William A. Nericcio, Raquel Z. Rivera, Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Gregory Rodriguez, Mary Romero, Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez, Christopher A. Shinn, Deborah R. Vargas, and Juan Velasco.
1 Talking Back: Spanish Media and U.S. Latinidad
2 Barbie’s Hair: Selling Out Puerto Rican Identity in the Global Market
3 The Buena Vista Social Club: The Racial Politics of Nostalgia
4 “Lemme Stay, I Want to Watch”: Ambivalence in Borderlands Cinema
5 Encrucijadas: Rubén Blades at the Transnational Crossroads
6 “The Sun Never Sets on MTV”: Tijuana NO! and the Border of Music Video
7 Bidi Bidi Bom Bom: Selena and Tejano Music in the Making of Tejas
8 Hip Hop and New York Puerto Ricans
9 Paul Simon’s The Capeman: The Staging of Puerto Rican National Identity as Spectacle and Commodity on Broadway
10 Gender Bending in Latino Theater
11 “Don’t Call Us Hispanic”: Popular Latino Theater in Vancouver
12 A Decidedly “Mexican” and “American” Semi[er]otic Transference
13 Performing Multiple Identities: Guillermo Gómez-Peña and His “Dangerous Border Crossings”
14 Learning America’s Other Game: Baseball, Race, and the Study of Latinos
15 Fútbol Nation: U.S. Latinos and the Goal of a Homeland
16 Boxing and Masculinity: The History and (Her)story of Oscar de la Hoya
"With stunning, eloquent, and insightful essays Latina and Latino Popular Culture offers the best guide to the cultural production of the largest group of people of color in the United States. The essays broaden both our knowledge of Latino/a cultural production and challenge the traditional paradigms of cultural and ethnic studies doing so through accessible, historically informed approaches."-Mary Pat Brady,Cornell University
"Latino/a Popular Culture greatly contributes to the genres of both cultural studies and Latino studies. The editors exhort undergraduate and graduate students to continue looking at Latino/a popular coluture as "as site of invention, critique and pleasure" (p.16) since much work still needs to be done in this area."-Harvard Educational Review
"The book provides an insight into the current struggles that Latinos who live in the norhern hemisphere face."-MELUS